Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law in South Africa refers to all legislation concerning patents, designs, trademarks and copyright protection. It is meant to protect the intellectual property of legal entities, as intellectual property can also carry significant value and is...

Public Domain Works

Public domain works refers to intellectual property that is not owned by anyone. The term indicates that these properties are therefore “public”, and available for anyone to use. The public domain can be defined in contrast to copyright, trademarks or...

Copyright Attorneys

The copyright law of South Africa governs the right to control the use and distribution of copyright works, in South Africa. Copyright Attorneys represent clients who’s copyright has been infringed upon, or when they have been accused of infringement....

Copyright Applications

It is not necessary to formally submit copyright applications in order to receive copyright protection. Copyright exists automatically in force of creation. In other words, as soon as the qualifying work is written or recorded on some physical medium, its author is...

How to protect your Copyright

Copyright attorneys will tell you that copyright in South Africa, as in many other countries, does not need to be registered. Unlike patents, trademarks and designs, the rights associated with copyright rest in the author of a work once the work is created in a...

Copyright Attorneys

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is an intellectual property law firm located in South Africa. Our copyright attorneys have experience dealing with copyright and trademark related issues. With advances in technology, copyright infringement is increasing, so our copyright...

Copyright Protection of Photographs

It is important to know that once you upload your photographs onto the Internet that it is your own responsibility to take the necessary steps to protect the copyright of your photographs. Copyright Symbol © The first step to protect your photographs should be a...

Copyright Protection

Copyright is just one of the four divisions that fall under the general heading of Intellectual Property, and there are South African attorneys who have had special training in the subject and will be only too happy to advise you on the subject. The four general...

Copyright Films in South Africa

It is possible to copyright films in South Africa under the Copyright Act of 1978, because any cinematograph film or storage, fixation, and production such as signalling of data to produce the work fall under the protection. This means that the soundtrack of the...